Mubadala Petroleum records 25% fall in greenhouse gas emissions

The Abu Dhabi-based company reduced emissions by 4% in 2020 alone, according to its annual sustainability report

Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates - November 7, 2016.  MUBADALA Petroleum stand, for the Abu Dhabi International Petroleum Exhibition & Conference ( ADIPEC ).  ( Jeffrey E Biteng / The National )  Editor's Note;  ID 42771 *** Local Caption ***  JB071116-Adipec20.jpg

Mubadala Petroleum recorded a 25 per cent reduction in greenhouse gas emissions over the last three years as it aligned its goals with the UAE's move to address climate change.

The company, a subsidiary of Abu Dhabi's sovereign fund Mubadala Investment Company, reduced emissions by 4 per cent in 2020 despite pandemic headwinds, Mubadala Petroleum said in its 2020 Annual Sustainability Report, which detailed the company's impact on key environment, social and governance (ESG) parameters across its portfolio of assets.

“Sustainability has always been central to our approach, but in 2020, when the world faced unprecedented challenges due to the Covid-19 pandemic, our corporate values and focus on sustainability were critical in enabling our resilience," Mansoor Al Hamed, chief executive at Mubadala Petroleum, said.

"This report highlights the significant progress we are making on key focus areas such as emissions and lowering our environmental footprint, while also supporting the energy transition towards a lower carbon future by maintaining a gas-biased portfolio of assets across 10 countries globally."

ESG standards gauge how a company serves its employees, shareholders and the environment. They have been widely adopted by companies across the world as investors demand more transparency. The Covid-19 pandemic has heightened awareness about sustainability and have prompted more companies to commit to ESG principles.

Around 87 per cent of executives polled around the world said that ESG norms are part of their core objectives following the Covid-19 pandemic, according to a global survey commissioned by Abu Dhabi's clean energy company Masdar earlier this year. Around 525 executives leading businesses with over $250 million in revenue were polled for the report.

Eighty five per cent of those surveyed also viewed Covid-19 as a "wake-up call" for sustainability.

Mubadala Petroleum said it has registered more than 5.7 million working hours with zero lost time incidents and zero fatalities since its inception. It has also increased its female representation among employees by 6 per cent as part of its push to diversify workforce.

Natural gas accounted for around 62 per cent of Mubadala Petroleum's overall production in 2020 and is expected to grow further in the near term, the report said. The company said it has transformed from a "primarily oil-weighted portfolio" within the South-east Asia to include more gas assets in Indonesia, Malaysia and Thailand.

"In Malaysia, our foundational Pegaga development project has allowed us to prove operatorship capabilities from exploration to development of a large-scale gas project, with production start-up targeted for Q1 2022," the report said.

Mubadala Petroluem manages assets and operations across 10 countries with a primary geographic focus on the Middle East and North Africa, Russia and South-east Asia. Its assets in the Mena region span Egypt and Oman. It also manages the interests of its shareholder in the Dolphin gas project in the region.

"Importantly in this region, we have cemented our footprint in world-class gas assets, which meet a significant portion of domestic gas demand. This includes our 2018 investment in the Shorouk Concession in Egypt, wherein lies the Zohr producing field," the report added.

Mubadala is a globally diversified fund with more than $243.3 billion (Dh894bn) in assets under management across 15 different sectors.

Updated: August 1st 2021, 1:51 PM